Yabba-Dabba-Doo! A New ‘Flintstones’ Reboot & A Look at All of the Spin-offs & Remakes

THE FLINTSTONES, Fred, Dino, Wilma, Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm, Betty, Barney, 1960-1966.
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A new Flintstones reboot of sorts for adults is in the works. Elizabeth Banks will serve as the executive producer of the show as well as the voice of Pebbles, who will now be shown as an adult. Called Bedrock, the animated adult series will follow the Flintstone family twenty years later, still living in their home of Bedrock. While things may be halted on the project for now due to the ongoing strikes, it begs the question, how many Flintstones spin-offs were there? Turns out, there were a lot more than I was expecting! Let’s go over some of them and get a full list below.

The original animated series The Flintstones aired between 1960 and 1966 on ABC and became a huge pop culture icon. Who can forget those Flintstones vitamins? Following the Flintstone and Rubble families in the town of Bedrock, many still love the beloved cartoon. It spawned many spin-offs, some of which did well and others flopped. In 1971 came The Pebbles And Bamm-Bamm Show starring, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, of course, as teenagers in a rock band called The Bedrock Rockers. It only lasted one season.

THE PEBBLES AND BAMM BAMM SHOW, Schleprock, Wiggy Rockstone, Pebbles Flintstone, Bamm Bamm Rubble, Penny Pillar, 1971-76

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After The Pebbles And Bamm-Bamm Show was canceled, The Flintstone Comedy Hour followed and only lasted one season as well. The show featured comedic shorts of Fred Flinstone and Barney Rubble and included re-runs of the show. In 1973, it was retitled and aired as The Flintstone Comedy Show and aired remixed reruns. Keep in mind, this was a time when streaming was not a thing so people loved their reruns! Several other versions like this came about in the next few decades.

THE MAN CALLED FLINTSTONE, US poster art, Fred Flintstone, 1966

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One of the first new spin-offs was The New Fred and Barney Show in 1979, focusing on new original characters and storylines. In 1986, fans got another new show focusing on the kids called The Flintstone Kids, hoping to grab the attention of younger viewers. Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm were the stars and their parents became the side characters. In the ’90s, their dinosaur pet Dino got some love with Dino: Stay Out! and Dino: The Great Egg-Scape. The ’90s also brought the highly-anticipated live-action film starring John Goodman as Fred Flintstone, Rick Moranis as Barney Rubble, Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma Flintstone, and Rosie O’Donnell as Betty Rubble.

THE FLINTSTONES, Elaine/Melanie Silver, Elizabeth Perkins, John Goodman, Elizabeth Taylor, Rick Moranis, Hylnur/Marino Sigurosson, Rosie O'Donnell, 1994

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The upcoming reboot isn’t the only newer version. In 2020, the UK got Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs, a show focusing on the children. It is now available on Max. What’s your favorite Flintstones spin-off? Are you partial to the classic?

Here’s a full list of reboots and spin-offs, thanks to Wikipedia:

Television series

Original runs:

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1971–72) (one season)
The Flintstone Comedy Hour (1972–73) (one season)
The New Fred and Barney Show (1979) (two seasons)
The Flintstone Comedy Show (1980–81) (two seasons)
The Flintstone Kids (1986–88) (two seasons)
What a Cartoon! – featuring Dino: Stay Out! (1995) and Dino: The Great Egg-Scape (1997)
Cave Kids (1996) (one season)
The Rubbles (2002) (shorts)
Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs (2021–22)
Bedrock (TBA)

Compilation shows:

The Flintstone Comedy Show (1973–74)
Fred Flintstone and Friends (1977–78)
Fred and Barney Meet the Thing (1979)
Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo (1979–80)
The Flintstone Funnies (1982–84)

Theatrical animated feature:

The Man Called Flintstone (1966, released by Columbia Pictures)
Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)

Television specials:

The Flintstones on Ice (1973)
A Flintstone Christmas (1977)
The Flintstones: Little Big League (1978)
The Flintstones’ New Neighbors (1980)
The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone (1980)
The Flintstones: Fred’s Final Fling (1980)
The Flintstones: Wind-Up Wilma (1981)
The Flintstones: Jogging Fever (1981)
The Flintstones’ 25th Anniversary Celebration (1986)
The Flintstone Kids’ “Just Say No” Special (1988)
Hanna-Barbera’s 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration (1989)
A Flintstone Family Christmas (1993)

Television films:

The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones (1987)
I Yabba-Dabba Do! (1993)
Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby (1993)
A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994)
The Flintstones: On the Rocks (2001)

Educational films:

The Flintstones: Library Skills Series (Sound Filmstrip Kit, Xerox Films)
Barney Borrows a Book (1976)
Barney Returns a Book (1976)
Energy: A National Issue (1977)
Hanna-Barbera Educational Filmstrips
Bamm-Bamm: Bamm-Bamm Tackles a Term Paper (1978)
Bamm-Bamm: Information Please (1979)
The Flintstones: A Weighty Problem (1980)
The Flintstones: Fire Alarm (1980)
The Flintstones: Fire Escape (1980)
The Flintstones’ Driving Guide (1980)
Learning Tree Filmstrip Set
Learning About Families with The Flintstones (1982)
Learning About Basic Needs with The Flintstones (1982)
The Flintstones: Child Guidance Show ‘N Tell Picturesound Program (Record and Filmstrip)
Fred Learns to Share (1984)
Fred’s Tall Tale (1984)

Live-action films:

The Flintstones (1994)
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)

Direct-to-video films:

The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! (2015)

If you want to watch the original Flintstones cartoon, it can be found on MeTV Sunday mornings or check your local listings.

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